BlueB Posted March 18, 2005 Report Share Posted March 18, 2005 Hi everyone! I am a very experienced skier, and was only occasional snowboarder (borrowing from friends on my European trips - always plates and ski boots) up till late 2003, when I moved to Vancouver. Then it was time to get my own gear. Unfortunately, I got convinced by the staff of various shops that no one rides hard boots any more, and that the gear is non existent (not too far from truth as it turned). Luckily, I picked a relatively long (163) and narrow (waist 25) Limited All-around, and some very stiff Burton soft boots. So it turned that I was more or less carving from the day one, applying my ski knowledge - flexing, cross over, cross under, etc. I started with angles 15/5, and gradually shifted to 35/25, and increased the forward lean on the rear high-back. This was before I discovered Bomber site. It is indeed unbelievable watching all the side-slipping crowds around, not realizing the potential of their boards. Why it is like that - it's completely unclear to me... I've been watching this forum for few months now. Even bought some cheap used bindings from one of the members (thanks Kurt), for my Limited, and shifted back to ski boots (angles 45/39). Today I picked up a never used Hooger Booger Grinder from a local consignment shop! It was just collecting dust on the top shelf - still in factory plastic sock! I measured it to: Length 168 cm Contact length ~ 143 cm Tip 25.5 cm Waist 20.8 cm Tail 25.0 cm, and calculated side cut radius to ~ 11.5 m It does not have to stiff flex, and has quite a bit of upturned tail, so I suppose it would make a nice all-mountain carver... Looking forward to try it - but no snow left on Vancouver's north shore mountains, even Whistler is getting slushy :( Does anyone know more about this type of board, like year of manufacture, how it rides, etc? Here's the picture. Thanks, and keep up good work! Boris P.S. Anyone carving in Vancouver area, especially on Cypress Mountain? I would really like to ride with someone on the Dark Side next year :) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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